Cruises to Burnie
Burnie is the gateway to the beautiful west coast region of Tasmania. it lies on the doorstep of scenic shores, rolling hills, pristine world heritage listed wilderness and the unknown beyond.
Burnie was first explored by Europeans when Bass and Flinders circumnavigated Van Diemen's Land (the name by which Tasmania was originally known) in 1798. The land was densely timbered and this, combined with high rainfall, made it virtually useless for agriculture. This however did not stop the development of the region. By 1842 the settlement was opened up, with land being sold to settlers. The town became a timber port, exporting timber across Bass Strait to Melbourne, to the new settlement in Adelaide and to Launceston. Today, Burnie is one of Australia's largest and most significant deepwater shipping container ports, handling over two million tonnes of cargo each year. Burnie’s wharf area also sends Tasmania's produce to the world marketplace — honey, the finest cheeses and a vast array of fruits and vegetables.
At A Glance
19,329 (2011 census)
Burnie Shore Tours
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What To See
Cradle Mountain is located at the northern end of Cradle Mountain — Lake St Clair National Park, one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania. Its jagged peaks and contours are truly captivating. Take a leisurely walk around Dove Lake and enjoy views from below, or if you're feeling a little more energetic, hike up towards the summit.
Burnie Regional Museum
Step back in time, approximately 100 years with a visit to the Burnie Regional Museum. The Museum reflects Burnie's streetscape in the 1890's, when it was at the height of its economic boom. You can see a spectacular display of rare and interesting objects in authentic settings. Burnie Regional Museum’s indoor historical street was the first to be recreated in Australia and is still ranked among the best.
Visit local attractions
Two popular attractions in Burnie are the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden and the Annsleigh Gardens and Conservatory Tea Room. Spend the day strolling through spectacular landscapes adorned with lavish flowers. Annsleigh Gardens features a miniature English thatched cottage complete with a working waterwheel and stream. Each garden also has a tearoom where you can enjoy refreshments.
Your ship will dock in the Port of Burnie. A complimentary shuttle bus will be available pier-side to transfer you to a designated drop-off location in the town centre.
Taxis are not available pier-side, however, they are available throughout the town.
Burnie's sensational regional wineries and dining experiences give a whole new take to the meaning of "fresh produce". Here the vegetables are likely to have come straight from a nearby paddock, and the oysters from the local marine farm. Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Shopping is available along Wilson Street, where you'll find a variety of Tasmanian timber and lavender products, wildlife images and award-winning Lactos cheeses.
Burnie's average summer temperature ranges from 12-21 degrees with around 16 hours of sunlight per day. In winter, temperatures range from 6-13 degrees with only eight hours of sunlight. Burnie averages 994mm of rainfall per year.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones and internet access are available in various locations around Burnie town centre. Mobile coverage is generally available.
WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Burnie. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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